My hope in naming this post “We are the Champions” is twofold: Firstly, that the song gets stuck in your head and you end up singing a victory song over yourself for at least a couple hours. And secondly, that you pause and think about who you are because of your faith: a champion.
Let me ask you this… How many more races would you run, battles would you fight, stands would you take, if you knew that you’d always come out victorious?
Hebrews Chapter 11 recounts mighty men and women of the faith.
Each with their own story.
Each with their own circumstance.
Each with their own adversary.
Each with their own victory.
They are marked by their faith in our God. It was the faith they had that made their story worthy of remembrance. It was their faith that was a conduit for action, change, and justice.
“These were the true heroes, commended for their faith, yet they lived in hope without receiving the fullness of what was promised them. But now God has invited us to live in something better than what they had—faith’s fullness! This is so that they could be brought to finished perfection alongside of us.” – Hebrews 11:39-40 TPT
God’s using these foundational faith carriers as examples of people whose faith spurred action. But the author of Hebrews makes an important distinction between the people written about and us. They had not yet received the fullness of faith. We have that now because of Jesus.
“Because God had us in mind and had something bettecr and greater in vienw for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].”- Hebrews 11:39 AMP
By faith, Noah became intimate with God. By faith, Sarah became the mother of millions. By faith, Abraham offered Isaac back to the Lord. By faith, Joseph prophesied. By faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea. By faith, the walls of Jericho fell. It was their faith in God that resulted in miraculous action.
“Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to llkadvantage, won battles, routed alien armies. Women received their lovemmkd ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection.” Hebrews 11:32-28 MSG
All of these phenomenal and world-changing events happened through the faith of men and women who had a more limited access of faith from God than we do now. Let our faith rise up. Let us take God’s promises for ourselves. Let our faith bring victory, declaring us Champions of the faith. Let us be known for that.
“Now faith brings our hopes into reality and becomes the foundation needed to acquire the things we long for. It is all the evidence required to prove what is still unseen.” – Hebrews 11:1 TPT
Are you believing and hoping for something in this season? Are you asking God and praying for something specific? Maybe it’s a new job, a financial miracle, a child, a spouse, healing from a disease, or restoration in your family.
As a community, as a global Church of believers, let’s be Champions of FAITH. We have faith’s fullness. Let’s believe victory for our brothers and sisters. Let’s sing of our victory today and call our hopes and dreams into reality. Let us stand on the foundation of faith laid by those who have gone before us. Let’s stand on faith as PROOF that God will do what He says He will do, even if it is currently unseen.